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Frank Jackson, Josh Jackson combine to lift Detroit Pistons past Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-105

By MATT SCHOCH
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DETROIT — Frank Jackson scored 20 points, including a tiebreaking baseline drive in the final minute, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 109-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
Jackson was fouled on his basket with 29 seconds left. He missed the free throw but the Cavaliers couldn’t secure the rebound. Josh Jackson grabbed it and then scored to go up 107-103 with 16.5 seconds remaining, giving the Cavaliers their fifth loss in six games.
Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Darius Garland added 23 for the Cavaliers. The backcourt scored the final 20 points for Cleveland, which is fading in the race for the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference.
Saddiq Bey scored 20 points for the Pistons, who started three rookies and a second-year player making his first career start.
Bey made his first six 3-pointers, all in the first quarter. He had a personal 12-0 run on four 3-pointers during a 21-3 spurt early that gave Detroit a 32-9 lead.
Cleveland was outscored 30-6 on 3-pointers in the first half but whittled the halftime deficit to 62-53.
The Cavaliers tightened up the 3-point defense after that, keeping Detroit scoreless beyond the arc for the entire second half.
Cleveland had the deficit down to two until Frank Jackson scored the last six points in the quarter to put Detroit up 84-76.
The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the fourth and finally took their first lead on Garland’s 3-pointer with 6:19 remaining, going up 92-90.
Rookie Isaiah Stewart was strong inside again, as his hook shot put the Pistons up 103-101 with 57 seconds left.
Garland drove for a score to tie it for the final time.
Stewart had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit, while Josh Jackson added 16 points. Tyler Cook and Killian Hayes added 12 points apiece. Hayes had a career-high nine assists.
Kevin Love scored 15 points for Cleveland, while Isaiah Hartenstein added 13 and Taurean Prince had 11.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Larry Nance Jr. was out for personal reasons, and coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he had nothing to add to that before the game. Nance missed seven games recently before returning for the last three.
Pistons: Only 10 players dressed for the Pistons and nine played, as Sekou Doumbouya (concussion), Wayne Ellington (rest), Jerami Grant (left quad contusion), Cory Joseph (bronchitis), Rodney McGruder (right elbow sprain), Mason Plumlee (rest) and Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness) were held out.

COOKING UP REVENGE
Detroit’s Cook notched his career high against his former team in his first career start.
Undrafted out of Iowa, Cook played 11 games with Cleveland last season.

RECORD HUNTING
Bey set the NBA rookie record for most games with six or more 3-pointers with five.
The Villanova rookie broke his own franchise record for 3-pointers made in a quarter by a rookie with six in the first. He was one shy of the all-time NBA mark for a rookie set by Coby White of Chicago last season.
Bey’s 18 points in the first quarter were the most in any quarter for a Pistons’ rookie since 2012.

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All-state mentions: Baraga’s Rylie Koskinen, Reide Osterman earn AP Division 4 all-state Honorable Mention status

By BRIAN CALLOWAY
Lansing State Journal
Mia Riley felt like there was plenty to prove.
After COVID-19 limited her opportunities last summer to catch the eyes of college coaches on the AAU circuit, Riley was focused on making the most of her opportunities on the court for the Fowler girls basketball team.
The junior did just that.
Riley showcased her versatile skills to college coaches while helping Fowler break through for its first state championship since 1991. And, she leads The Associated Press Division 4 All-State team as the Player of the Year.
Riley averaged 14.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.7 assists while leading the way for Fowler, which won all its postseason games by double figures en route to its second state championship in program history.
“This year I really needed to prove that I was worth watching,” said Riley, who was also a first-team All-State player last year. “(I knew) if I could catch (a college coaches’) eye, I needed to just hold it. (I wanted to prove) I was worth being the girl to watch and I could be an asset to their team, and I could be an asset to their entire program.”
Two area girls, both from Baraga, made the Division 4 Honorable Mention list — senior Rylie Koskinen and junior Reide Osterman.
Several other Upper Peninsula girls made the various lists, too. There was Elise Besonen of Ewen-Trout Creek and Tessa Wagner of Carney-Nadeau on the First Team, along with Chesney Molina of Rudyard and Kennedy Guild of Pickford joining the Vikings on Honorable Mention.
With Riley, years ago it was clear to Fowler coach Nathan Goerge that she would be a major asset for his program. He remembers Riley impressing many witnesses at youth camps with her dribbling capabilities and other strong basketball skills.
Goerge then saw her talent up close when Riley made a mark as a freshman while helping the Eagles reach the state semifinals in 2019.
“Early on, we knew from talking to her parents and talking to her brother that she was one of those players that was consumed with basketball and wanted to get better and wanted to play it constantly,” said Goerge, who is the Division 4 Coach of the Year. “From fourth and fifth grade on, we knew that she was a workaholic and basketball was her love.
“It was evident early on that she would really lead us to big things.”
Fowler accomplished big things last season while finishing 16-4. The Eagles hope more big things are in store with Riley and several other key players slated to return.
“I think this (state title) will motivate her even more to get better because she knows people will be gunning for us,” Goerge said. “She is so self-motivated that this is a great thing for her because she will know that we won’t get better if she doesn’t get better.”
Riley’s sister, Emma, a sophomore at Fowler, is also an All-State player. The rest of the Division 4 First Team includes Genesee Christian junior Ava Boike, senior Brooklyn Robak of Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, junior Anna Fernandez of Plymouth Christian, Lansing Christian junior Mia Judd, Saginaw Nouvel junior Madison Looby and Leland senior Olivia Lowe.

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Iron Mountain’s Foster Wonders 2nd in Mr. Basketball voting

DETROIT (AP) — Pierre Brooks of Detroit Douglass has been named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball as the top senior player.
Brooks, who plans to attend Michigan State, was given the award Friday. He averaged 33 points and 9 rebounds and led his team to a state title.
The 6-foot-6 Brooks received 2,889 points in the voting of Basketball Coaches Association members. Iron Mountain’s Foster Wonders finished second, followed by Kobe Bufkin of Grand Rapids Christian.

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Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball player Isaiah Livers won’t return to team

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan senior Isaiah Livers is not returning for an extra year of eligibility.
A team spokesman confirmed Livers’ decision Thursday. At this point, guard Eli Brooks is the only Michigan player expected to take advantage of the extra year that the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That means Michigan loses Livers, guard Mike Smith, guard Chaundee Brown and forward Austin Davis from this year’s team that won the Big Ten title and reached the Elite Eight.
The Wolverines also await NBA draft decisions from sophomore guard Franz Wagner and freshman center Hunter Dickinson.
Livers missed this year’s NCAA Tournament because of a right foot injury and is recovering from surgery earlier this month.

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Detroit Red Wings shut out 4-0 by visiting Chicago Blackhawks

DETROIT (AP) — Malcolm Subban made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which was coming off a 4-1 loss to last-place Detroit on Thursday night. Alex DeBrincat, Wyatt Kalynuk and Pius Suter also scored, and Vinnie Hinostroza had three assists.
The Blackhawks are trying to catch Nashville for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. They got a big lift from Subban, who turned in his third career shutout while starting goaltender Kevin Lankinen got the night off for rest.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots for Detroit, which had won a season-high three straight.
The Red Wings were 0 for 6 on the power play, including a four-minute power play in the first period and a 1:07 5-on-3 advantage in the third.
“I would say that the difference in the game was our power play was brutal,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

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Russell Westbrook gets triple-double in Washington Wizards’ 121-100 Saturday night win over Detroit Pistons

By RICH DUBROFF
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook had his 25th triple-double of the season, Bradley Beal scored 37 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 121-100 on Saturday night.
Westbrook finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the fourth straight win for Washington (23-33), which continues its late-season push.
“We’re showing that we can put it together,” Beal said. “There’s not one thing that you can point your finger to that we’re doing exceptionally well. We’re figuring everything out. We’re growing as the year’s gone on.
“My main concern is trying to get this playoff push and get us in as best as we possibly can.”
Westbrook has 171 triple-doubles, 10 shy of Oscar Robertson’s record.
Isaiah Stewart and Frank Jackson each scored 19 points for Detroit. Josh Jackson scored 17 as the Pistons failed in their attempt to win consecutive games for only the third time this season.
Detroit coach Dwane Casey thinks Westbrook is the key to Washington’s turnaround.
“His intensity, his toughness, they’ve taken on his personality,” Casey said. “They’re an offensive juggernaut, and we helped them.”
The Wizards never trailed and took the lead for good at the start of the second quarter and methodically built it in the second half.
Washington lost two starters during the game. Center Alex Len left with ankle soreness after scoring eight points in seven minutes, and in the third quarter forward Rui Hachimura exited with soreness in his left leg.
“I don’t know what the status will be other than they will tell me know they feel tomorrow,” coach Scott Brooks said.
Ish Smith scored 16 and Robin Lopez added 15 for the Wizards.
“You can never underestimate what he brings to us,” Brooks said about Lopez and his hook shots. “It’s old school 80’s basketball, but it works.”

TIP-INS
Pistons: G Rodney McGruder (sprained right elbow), G Dennis Smith (sore left knee) and F Sekou Doumbouya (neck soreness) were out. … G Killian Hayes was rested in the second half of a back-to-back. …Casey celebrated his 64th birthday. “The alternative is not good,” Casey joked.
Wizards: F Davis Bertans missed his second straight game because his wife gave birth to a baby boy. “We have another Wizards fan in the family,” Brooks said. … Beal played in his 592nd game, fifth most in franchise history.

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Oakland A’s rally in 9th inning for 3-2 win with help of Detroit Tigers’ error

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson scored from second base on a fielding error by Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Oakland Athletics past the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.
Sean Murphy hit a tying home run in the eighth as the A’s swept the four-game series.
“We feel pretty good about the way we’re playing right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We weren’t getting a ton of good swings, but as long as we’re close we feel like we find a way to win the game.”
Olson hit a one-out double off Gregory Soto (1-0) when Tigers center fielder Victor Reyes lost a high fly ball in the sun. After Matt Chapman struck out looking, Murphy walked before pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a sharp grounder that rolled under Candelario’s glove into left field.
“Everything that kind of could go wrong did go wrong in this four-game series,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t hit and then ultimately we just couldn’t finish them all off. I thought today was a breakthrough day for us early and then ultimately they did more than we did to win.”
Ramon Laureano had an RBI triple for the A’s.
The A’s are 9-1 since starting the season 0-6.
“Everybody’s kind of rolling right now,” said Moreland, who had a walkoff single to beat the Dodgers on April 7. “We feel good as a group. Seems we’re playing good baseball on all sides of it.”
Harold Castro had three hits for the Tigers, including a two-run single in the sixth that snapped Detroit’s 23-inning scoreless streak.
The Tigers have lost four straight after sweeping three from the Astros in Houston.
“Just how it happens,” starting pitcher Matthew Boyd said. “I wouldn’t say it’s any sort of luck or anything like that. I had an opportunity to close out the eighth inning and gave up a run.”
Lou Trivino (1-0) retired three batters for the win.
STRONG STARTS
Both starters pitched effectively but left with no-decisions.
Detroit’s Boyd gave up four hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Murphy’s home run was the first off Boyd this season after the lefty allowed an AL-leading 15 in the shortened 2020 season.
A’s starter Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high eight in six innings and allowed five hits and two runs.

Athletics Mark Canha, right, is caught in a rundown before being tagged out by Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro, left, during the first inning in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday. (AP photo)
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Detroit Pistons hand Oklahoma City Thunder 9th straight loss, 110-104

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Josh Jackson scored 29 points, and the Detroit Pistons overcame several key absences to beat Oklahoma City 110-104 on Friday night, handing the Thunder their ninth straight loss.
Oklahoma City cut an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead to one, but Detroit held on two nights after blowing a double-digit advantage in the final period against the Los Angeles Clippers.
With the score 97-94 and 3:10 remaining, Jackson was called for an offensive foul — his sixth. But that call was overturned after a review, and Jackson made two free throws.
Isaiah Stewart had 15 points and 22 rebounds for Detroit.
The Pistons — who are in last place in the Eastern Conference — were missing Jerami Grant (right knee), Mason Plumlee (rest), Hamidou Diallo (right knee), Wayne Ellington (rest), Cory Joseph (left ankle), Rodney McGruder (right elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee).
Detroit’s starting lineup consisted of three rookies — Saddiq Bey, Killian Hayes and Stewart — plus Jackson and 20-year-old second-year man Sekou Doumbouya. The Pistons fell behind by 15 in the second quarter but rallied to a 56-56 tie at halftime.
The Thunder turned the ball over 10 times in the third quarter and 22 times for the game. Detroit led 86-79 after three.
Lu Dort scored 26 points for the Thunder, who weren’t exactly at full strength themselves.
Bey scored 18 points. Hayes added nine points and seven assists and provided one of the game’s highlights with a bounce pass to Bey in the third quarter that traveled about half the length of the court.

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Detroit Lions among players who vow to skip voluntary workouts

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND — Following the guidance and advice of Browns center and NFL Players Association President JC Tretter, Cleveland’s players joined a growing list of teams vowing to skip voluntary in-person workouts this offseason.
The Browns followed the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Giants in saying they’ll exercise their collectively bargained rights not to take part in the workouts, which were scheduled to begin next week.
The Las Vegas Raiders followed suit later Thursday with their players releasing a statement through the NFLPA that they also wouldn’t participate in the voluntary offseason program.
On Wednesday, the league issued a memo to all 32 teams announcing that the first four weeks of the voluntary program will be virtual before transitioning to in person at each team’s training facilities.
Last year, offseason programs were all done virtually and training camp was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Browns players released a statement through the NFLPA saying they are opposed to the idea.
“The NFL’s memo outlining how they plan to implement voluntary workouts falls short of what we as players believe is adequate,” the statement said. “The Cleveland Browns players agree that a virtual offseason, like we had last year, is the best decision for everyone in our league.
“COVID-19 continues to affect our players, our families and our communities, and we must continue to take it seriously. In addition to the ongoing threat of the pandemic, we felt healthier both mentally and physically last year…. The league-wide injury data supports us as well, as NFL players experienced a 23% reduction in missed-time injuries last season.”

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Detroit Red Wings upend Chicago Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings prevailed 4-1 after spotting the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 lead after one period on Thursday in Detroit.

Troy Stecher tied the game for Detroit not quite five minutes into the second period, while teammate Jakub Vrana, a new acquistion this week, scored the game-winner just over four minutes later. The Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen added insurance with an empty netter in the final two minutes.

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Philipp Kurashev, left, skates by Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindstrom as he chases the puck during the first period Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)

Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for the victory in the Detroit net, while Chicago’s Kevin Lankinen also had 24 stops.